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Armenians in the United Arab Emirates

Armenians in United Arab Emirates refers to ethnic Armenians living in the United Arab Emirates. They number around 3,000.[1]

The Armenians live mainly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Migration history

Many Armenians originating from Lebanon, Syria and other Arab countries were attracted by the economic opportunities provided by the UAE, and they came to the UAE for jobs. Although there are no clear statistics and their numbers vary, over time their number has increased to around 3,000.

Recently there are also economic migrants coming from the Republic of Armenia and Armenians from Russia.

Religion

The majority of the Armenians in the United Arab Emirates are Armenian Apostolics (Orthodox Armenians) belonging to the Armenian Apostolic Church and under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of Cilicia.

The Catholicossate of the Great House of Cilicia (also known as the Holy See of Cilicia) has established the "Diocese of Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf Countries" headquartered in Kuwait, but also serving the Armenians in the Persian Gulf including UAE.

The Armenian Catholicossate, with the authorization and financial support of the Sharjah Emirate, established the St. Gregory the Illuminator Church (in Armenian Sourp Krikor Lousavoritch Hye Arakelagan Yegeghetsi) in Al Yarmook, Sharjah, thus becoming the first ever Armenian church established in the United Arab Emirates.

Archbishop Goriun Babian, is the Catholicosal Representative of the Diocese and Reverend Aram Deyirmenjian, Parish Priest of UAE Armenian Community.

See also

References

  1. ^ ArmenianDiaspora website

External links

  • Azad Hye Armenian Middle Eastern Portal
  • Armenian diaspora in UAE is dead: head of Azerbaijani diaspora organization
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